I came here for a celebratory anniversary dinner with my girlfriend, returning after an office Christmas party a few years ago, and we had a wonderful meal.
We started with gravadlax with potato latkes and pierogi. The gravadlax was succulent and smoky, tender and delicious. The latkes were crispy and I really enjoyed them, delicious with the sour cream topping.
The pierogi were a big hit with us both and I would happily have ordered the bigger portion!
For main courses my girlfriend had the spiced lamb and I ordered venison with a grilled pear. I asked for this to be cooked as the chef saw fit.
The venison was fantastic, cooked very rare and swimming in delicious juices as well as the excellent sauce it came with. I really enjoyed this and the presentation was excellent.
I tried some of the lamb too and was really impressed with this, I almost had food envy!! Interestingly the lamb tasted more like something I would expect from a Moroccan restaurant; the flavours and spices were very North African and wouldn't have been out of place in a Tagine.
Although this was a little surprising this was no bad thing and it was delicious.
Service was very attentive and quite formal, not what I'm used to but this is more of an upclass dining establishment. As we were dining two days after Christmas the restaurant was very very quiet, although the privacy was nice this did throw me a little! I would have preferred a little background chatter, but perhaps next time.
I would definitely recommend. If you're a beer drinker try and Pszeniczniak, delicious.
I came here to try something new and celebrate an anniversary with my boyfriend. Their cocktails are fantastic. I had their lemongrass mule, and it was refreshing, delicious and super tasty! We split an order of gravadlax and pierogi. I absolutely LOVED the pierogi and I would gladly have them as a main course. The sour cream and the texture of the tough was amazing. The Gravadlax was good as well, but the pierogi definitely has my heart.
For my main, I had the Chargrilled Leg of Lamb with Smoked Aubergine, Peppers and garlic Yoghurt in medium rare. My boyfriend ordered the venison specialty dish at the time, cooked at "the chef's recommendation".
The venison came rare, and super delicious and tender! I was jealous for not ordering my dish cooked to the chef's recommendation. Both were amazing, and I would gladly return to this restaurant when I feel like splashing some extra cash.
Seriously, get a large plate of pierogis though! You won't regret it!
I was invited to dine here before seeing a show at the Young Vic and it was fine, but nothing to write home about. I wasn't a huge fan of the selection on the menu - very Polish.
The ambience is really cool - modern elegance. Maybe it's more of a fun place to go for drinks at the bar?
I had been to Baltic once before but only to the bar where many vodkas were sampled. The less said about that night the better...This second trip was a lot more successful as I actually got to see the restaurant this time!
Baltic is a very impressive place full of smooth lines and stylish designs. It's a bit like walking into an Ikea catalogue but in a good way!
The menu is fun and different and makes for a great change from the array of chains nearby. Start with the potato latkes which are crisp and excellent (although not like mama makes). They come with gravadlax which is perfectly soft especially when smothered with the pot of sour cream they give you.
Much to my delight, they had goose on the menu. GOOSE! Having eating many a fowl, this bird had always eluded me. Not this time. The goose was amazing. It was confit like duck and had a crispy skin to die for.
We decided to sample the vodkas too whilst we ate. The ginger vodka was probably the best but I would stay well clear of the Winterberry one if given the choice. It was a bit Calpol and medicinal!
The one problem with Baltic? The chips. I ordered them to go with the goose leg and was very disappointed. They were dry, oddly tough and too over salted. I mean really, how can you cook a goose and not a chip?
However this did not ruin the evening as a whole and I will definitely be going back again. Their latkes are now appearing in my dreams...
This is such a fabulous restaurant, I'd been wanting to visit it for years and finally did a couple of months ago and have now been three times in as many months with as many people to spread the word!
The food is delicious, very reasonably priced, with friendly and efficient service. Ensure you sample some of the many cocktails and / or vodkas on offer too.
A couple of minutes walk from Southwark tube and The Cut inbetween Waterloo and London Bridge stations so very convenient for buses, tubes and trains.
Came here on the recommendation of a friend who lives in London.
Beautiful dining room.
Service was helpful and attentive without being overbearing.
Food was delicious.
They serve a selection of delicious
foods, and many assorted choices for you.They carry provide that you want. They
also served sandwiches at very reasonable prices. I trulylike visiting this
place always. They really had a good food that you must try, so delicious and
filled of fillings, this is absolutely one of my favorite here in Southwark.
I'm not sure if it was the food or the service here but something didn't quite sit right.
The food appeared to be well prepared but I guess Polish is one of the few cuisines I can't wholeheartedly say I love. The service was professional and the decor was very upmarket and I got the feeling they were almost trying too hard to impress.
I know that makes this review a bit unfair which is why I've given it 4 stars instead of the 3 I really think it deserves.
Slightly edgy and cool, Baltic has delivered great food and service both times I've been there.
The first was with about 10 guys for a special occasion Christmas lunch. We sat on the back wall under the skylight, which was great because you know how gay men like good lighting! I'm sure we were a bit of a handful, but the service was just fantastic which just allowed us to have fun and enjoy the food. The women at the table next to us were just beside themselves to join in, probably because we were all taking turns sitting on our friend Brian's lap for secret santa.
The second visit was for a dinner with friends. Again I have to mention the lighting--very warm and just right for a cozy dinner with friends. What I enjoyed is that it was easy to hear each other without having to shout. Dinner food is generally a bit more intense than lunch, and everyone (even the vegetarian) loved it as much as I did. Again, the service was impeccable.
Worth a mention is the bar--a great place to have a cocktail before you eat or to hang out after.
We tried the Baltic after a Sunday evening at the Globe. Even though the website said they are open 12:00-24:00 everyday, the kitchen closes at 22:00 on Sunday.
We were a bit overwhelmed with all the delicious menu and bar options to choose from, but we settled with a starter of Perogies and a vodka appertif (4 shots in a small carafe) of Baltic Blackcurrant vodka. The perogies were fried to perfection with a delicious side of soured cream and the vodka was a perfect accompaniment.
Next for the mains, I had the braised rabbit leg with figs, bacon and spaetzle and my husband had the pork schnitzel with capers, potato, anchovy and fried egg. Both dishes were delicious and generous. We ended up each sharing a bit to get the full experience. The rabbit was tender and the fig and bacon sauce was perfect. I had a glass of the house white, a nice pairing for the rabbit and my husband had the Zywiec beer on tap (which he said was good).
We did not go for any of the delicious sounding desserts, but my husband did opt for an old fashioned after dinner and he was impressed. The bartender did any excellent job with the muddling and had the right amount of everything.
The only reason I gave it a 4 out of 5 is we left a bit rushed by the staff because of the kitchen closing, and I had specifically checked the website for opening hours. Next time I guess I will call to verify!
I went here for a business dinner. I don't head south of the river very much so I just told the taxi driver to take me in the direction of the gunshots, and soon enough we pulled up outside Baltic.
The frontage is deceptive as the main body of the restaurant is hidden away in the belly of the building. The decor is nice, but gives off the typical business lunch vibe so many restaurants in London do.
The food was good -- I always like a place that serves steak tartare. The servings were not as insanely large as I was hoping for from an Eastern European restaurant, but I suppose they were sufficient for the average person. I ended up having raspberry sorbet for dessert which while tasty didn't really seem baltic (nor did any of the other desserts).
The drinks menu is awesome, especially the selection of vodkas. Don't go here without having a few shots.
The evening was made both more and less entertaining by the couple on the table next to us who appeared to be practising an extreme form of yoga all night which involved shoving one's tongue as far down another's throat as possible. I was a little surprised they weren't asked to tone it down by the staff. Gentlemen, apparently this is the place to go if you want to get lucky on your first date.
Review for the bar only.
A great selection of serious vodka based as well as other classic cocktails and more modern additions. The bar tender definitely knew his stuff and we enjoyed some well executed cocktails including a good spicy one that the waiter recommended.
I like the minimalist vibe and cool interior. Haven't tried the restaurant but it's definitely on my list of 'go to' cocktail places.
I'd really want to give this place a 3.5 stars as I think it's a little bit more than A-OK but doesn't make me go yay.
First thing I liked about Baltic is the decor - gorgeous but kind of reminded me of a barn or a church... in a really nice way!
Thanks for the food recommendations on yelp! I went with the perogies (yum!) and the schnitzel (good but nothing spectacular). Finished off with the apple fritter (yum! kind of reminded me a little of the perogies)
Really good service - probably because the restaurant was rather empty. I'd definitely go back to try some of the other items on the menu as well as the vodka.
The front area--a bar/lounge is vey generic and has no pesonality and expensive cocktails, so I wasn't thinking much about the place until we were seated in the restaurant which is a large and beautiful space with lots of tables--one of the larger restaurants I have been to in London.
We enjoyed the food--although the small blini orders are quite large (warning) and my scallops were a bit too room temperature, although very tasty. With appetizer, main and wine it was 30 quid--not bad. Service was just okay--had to hail the waitress if you wanted anything.
This is a pretty nice restaurant serving Eastern European food to South London. It's a good space, a bit like a barn you'd want to send your favourite sheepdog to die in. I mean that in a good way, it's tasteful, candlelit, minimal with high ceilings and good music.
I don't know too much about this type of cuisine so it was all pretty new to me - I imagine it's a bit fusion and puts a modern twist on some classics. They serve things like Siberian Pelmeni, Chargrilled Bratwurst with Sauerkraut and Pumpkin and Garlic Yoghurt. What I had was very nice and certainly different. Unfortunately prices aren't the sort I'd imagine in Warsaw or Talin but this is London and you know the score. £14+ for mains and £5-8 for starters and desserts. Consider it though; it's a far too overlooked part of the world.
One of the best restaurants in London. I went here with my parents and we had a great time delicious chicken, good wine and fine service all night long. I advise everyone to visit if they have the chance.
I'll update my review on this place when I've been back to try the flavored vodkas, blinis, and-if they're still serving it when I'm there next- the rabbit with sauerkraut, figs, apples, and spaetzle. Wanted the rabbit today but it was "for two" and my guy is afraid of most meats and probably also the sauerkraut. He is impossible to go out with. Who wants to be my new restaurant buddy?
To start with, this place is really convenient to go to after a matinee at the Globe (or before an evening show!) on a day when the Borough market is closed. The exterior is unassuming, but as you pass through the narrow bar area at the front it opens up into a surprisingly large and bright dining room. We arrived 5 minutes before the kitchen opened (dinner starts at 5:30!) and were told to leave and come back...which was a lil weird when we could have happily sat at a table for 5 minutes.
The staff were plenty attentive and kept coming by throughout our meal to offer a wide selection of sliced breads--they were a little on the dry side, but good for sopping up sauces. I had a warm smoked eel, bacon, and spinach salad with the biggest, juicest capers I've ever had providing the perfect amount of tanginess to cut the rich taste of the bacon. It was a dish with intense flavors that still felt light on the stomach. I "mmmm"'d a lot.
The portion size was moderate--enough to be filling, a bit on the small side for the price. My side of new potatoes in dill and sour cream and the boyf's side of french greens and broad beans were good, but nothing special--maybe even a little underseasoned. I asked for the leftovers wrapped and the waitress stammered a bit before asking if tin foil was ok since she didn't think they had any containers. Is this a London thing? I'm used to doggie bagging leftovers out of guilt over the starving children in africa, but this isn't the first time my request has been met with confusion and settling for tin foil.
Still, the menu at Baltic was impressive and, since I feel like we sampled the low end of the offerings, I will definitely be back!
Last year, when I first visited, this place was 4 Star. Wonderful, good serivce, good food, good drink, lots of space.
Last week was a Star dropper.
The glassware used is smaller than before, in some cases. The prices have gone up quite a bit, and it's still busy. But now they keep serving booze to drunks, the food is so-so at best, but the service still tries. Despite a kitchen that murders oysters opening them, filling the shells with enough grit and sh*t to ruin your enamel.
Avoid the oysters, watch the booze, and enjoy!
About 2 years ago. I was working in London City which is pretty dead for restaurants. Not terribly pricey by london standards and an easy walk from the office, it was quickly added to our list of stops.
With tasty nouvelle east-european food and infused vodkas (mmm), this one's a good bite if you're nearby. The clean lined modern decor, good service, and pleasant overall ambiance make for a nice evening out
This place looks tiny from the outside but is actually deceptively long. Although I'm not a smoker, I prefer to sit outside in the tiny terrace because in the evenings the walls are strung with fairy lights and it's really cosy. I've only eaten here once as i usually just go for a drink but the food is actually really good.
When I went, I had a pumpkin, onion and tomato salad which cost £6 and I shared a blackcurrent sorbet for desert which was £5.50; both of which were really tasty. The service is good too; we were only waiting five or ten minutes for our food to arrive. It's a nice place to go for a quiet drink but don't expect a mad night out there, it closes early and is usually pretty civilised.
Let me be clear - I have not eaten here. But I have gone for drinks, and that is enough to make me recommend it.
This artistic Polish restaurant are experts when it comes to vodka, and frankly, that's one thing I like to look for in a cocktail venue.
The colour and flavour combinations put together in Baltic's cocktails are indescribably creative. Zubrowka vodka, green tea syrup and mint? Honey vodka, pastis, lemon juice and blackberry liquer? Or if you're not keen on vodka, how about Goslings rum, lime and ginger beer?
You'll not taste anything like it. Perfect for a girl's night out, or pre-dinner drinks... just go easy!
Nice restaurant for dinner. Great meals, good size portions, and enjoyable cocktails make the evening a success.
The booth seats create a comfort zone and a relaxing atmosphere which we -some friends of mine joined in- have enjoyed a lot
Out of all of the polish restaurants I have been to, this place confounded me the most. I wasn't sure if it was an up market eatery or a serious polish restaurant. This identity crisis seemed to extend to the waiters and waitresses, who couldn't decide whether to leave my partner alone to enjoy our food or continually return to our (small!) table to mother us! That said, we did come at an extremely busy thursday night when the place was near enough full and as a result we dined in the smaller eating area attached to the bar, something I was grateful for as the acoustics of the large, beamed and brilliant white main restaurant meant one would have to raise one's voice to be heard - something I find very tiresome.
My partner and I ordered our usual plate of pierogi and piwo and we didn't wait long fo rmy first try of fried pierogi (something not indicated on the menu and a surprise since it is normally boiled) I wolfed it down with some reluctance and didn't really enjoy it as much as many pierogis I have eaten elsewhere in London.
Paddyman's verdict? By far the most asceptic polish restaurant in London I have visited, lacking the charm and intimacy which seems to characterise them as a whole. Prices are reasonable but again slightly higher than other places I have visited.
Nevertheless, if that's not what you're looking for then you will find baltic a reasonable - if loud and large - establishment to visit.
I always find this is a good choice when you can't think of where else will seat a large group or where you can get the most fantastic cocktails. Really good imaginative polish food - they have a wide selection of voddy shooters and schnapps. Excellent choice - something for vegans as well. It makes a great night out and jazz nights are good too - check website for all information.
There is a bar area and separate restaurant, so you can pop in just for drinks without needing to book a table.
I found this a fairly pleasant experience. The staff were friendly and generally helpful, although perhaps not the quickest service I have ever had.
There was a relaxed feel within the restaurant area, with low lighting and candles on the table.
The food, as you might expect is Eastern European and, I must say, of a good quality. My main gripe about this place is actually about the wine list. I do wish that there was a sensible choice of reasonably priced bottles, I don't have a huge problem in a London restaurant with paying £20 for a bottle of red, but would like to have more than 2 bottles to choose from! Perhaps I'm being a bit pedantic.
A good selection of vodka based cocktails on offer.
Overall, a positive visit!
I had a long, long lunch here as part of a hen do. The food was excellent, including the veggie options. The service was friendly and helpful. From the front you wouldn't expect the restaurant area to be as bright and spacious as it is - a glass roof lets in lots of light.
And as Jojeba's already said in her review, the cocktails are delicious. I don't know what I was drinking - someone ordered jugs and there was a red one and an orange one - but both were extremely quaffable.
Great place for dinner in South London. Good size portions, hearty meals and great cocktails.
Skip dessert and go for flavoured vodka shots, try the rose flavoured one, it tastes like a Turkish Delight!
Cozy atmosphere, the booth seats are good for romantic reasonable nights out.
Went for dinner the other night with a friend - she used this very good value Telegraph offer which meant the set menu was only £10 for 2 courses... they didn't stint on the portions either like some places with these special offers... she had a large sort of cauldron of very tender braised pork shoulder in a stew with spaetzle-type dumplings, followed by a crepe with cream and fresh fruit.
I had what I always have - the small sized mixed blini - two large blini with a very generous plate of smoked salmon, mushroom pate, pickled herring and a dish of soured cream... lovely. Then the white chocolate cheesecake for dessert which was gorgeous, really creamy and dense and - oops, I just went off into a slight trance then...just having a cheesecake moment....
I don't drink alcohol, so I can't say much about the amazing vodka menu, but it kept my friend pretty happy, while she chose a zubrowka vodka to round off the meal.
What a lovely venue! I really wasn't expecting to be whisked into a atrium with high ceilings and warm oak beams not dissimilar to those you might find in a barn conversion. I went here for lunch and had a thoughtful enjoyable meal! Whilst I'm not convinced how Polish the food was, there were some unique and tasty options that definetly delivered an eastern European taste. The decor is sophisticated, tasteful, relaxed and with an impressive vodka and cocktail menu, I cannot but feel almost obliged to go back as soon as I can to sample their menu. This isn't the cheapest restaurant or bar, but from what I have experienced so far, its worth every penny.
I went here with a girlfriend for dinner, we wanted somewhere reasonably close to Waterloo station and I just read reviews, picked Baltic and hoped for the best .. We had a wonderful evening! Such a great room, and the food was delicious. Can't wait to go back and try more dishes from the interesting menu. A real find.
went for company xmas lunch, so can't say that i've experienced Baltic at its authentic.
shot of vodka to start the celebrities was a best call... and whatever else followed was quite tasty.
the range of vodkas is quite extensive so maybe that will get me back!
till then.. nyet!
Eastern European restaurant with heavy Russian influences (check out the selection of blinis on offer). Quite a buzzy place - you enter via the bar and looks great for a pre dinner drink. Service can be a bit slack but does serve excellent Eastern European comfort food with the emphasis on large serves and hearty meals. Lots of cocktails on offer as well.
2005 - Easily the most drunk I've been, possibly ever. Have absolutely no idea what this place is like, but I'm giving it 4 stars because on the way out, despite me and my friend being clearly on the verge of alcohol poisoning they gave us a free shot of Zubrowka. Good work Mr Barman. It took me several days to recover from that.
I've been going to Baltic since it first opened and it's pretty much always been great although last night seemed especially good. The owner, Jan Woroniecki, was in much evidence with a very warm welcome. I loved my huge plate of pelmeni a Siberian take on ravioli with a side of sour cream and some red cabbage polished off the lot. My friend had a sort of Polish riff on a British classic for starters crisp black pudding, apple and a potato latke followed by a shoulder of lamb with a Hungarian style vegetable and aubergine stew. Jan very kindly offered me a sample of apricot tart so I could try it the piece which came was rather generous even I couldn't manage another full dessert, even though it was totally delicious, with a sour cherry compote on the side. The bill was laughably small for such a delicious meal. I've already booked to go back next week!
Went last saturday after visiting The Anchor and Hope on the cut. We had a brilliant time as the bar was empty except us and we pretty much had our own bar tender for the afternoon. He was very entertaining telling us all about the different sorts of spirits.
We had 4 rounds and a large platter of Blinis with smoked salmon, caviar, sour cream and onions and the whole bill came to under £60 which is very good for London I thought.
Visited Baltic last time I was down in London following a recommendation.
Started with a delicious pear cocktail, followed an excellent lamb stew with pomgranate. Food was excellent & the lamb was melt in the mouth. Wine was surprisingly reasonably priced.
I'll definitely be back.
Great place, exciting atmosphere and superb food would recommend
The Baltic restaurant serves thoughtful, homely food, every single dish I tried tasted just 'like mum's', and was very presentable too. Don't be fooled, the place looks posh but surprisingly prices are really good, the atmosphere is excellent (loads of light during the day, and friendly, relaxing at night), staff is polite and service quick. There is also a bar with a wide range of alcoholic drinks. A must eat place.
The place is really great. Atmosphere full of comfort and extremely delicious food!!!
Let me preface my review by saying that I am Polish and have eaten in my fair share of Eastern European restaurants. Some friends recently moved to London and took us here a few weeks ago and I could not have been more impressed by the clean, contemporary design of the interior. I was expecting much from the menu and was not disappointed. This is sort of a slavic fusion spot, but I was still able to recognize the basis for many of the dishes as Polish or Russian. The pierogi were some of the best I've ever sampled and the cocktail list was dizzyingly inventive (I chose a champagne cocktail as an apperitif and later, a cucumber-peppercorn martini that could wake the dead with its brash flavors)...My sole in "Polish butter" was outstanding and authentic. Unfortunately, the service at this restaurant was so subpar as to be unacceptable. Our host was perfectly polite but our server was a woman who seemed almost angry to be there. We were a well-dressed, respectful group of four, there on a rather empty night, so I'm unclear as to what she could have been upset about. She offered no suggestions, so conversation and seemed to not have a good grasp of the English language. At one point, I asked her if she were Polish, to which she responded hotly, "No." I then asked from where she hailed and she said, "I am Russian." That was the extent of our conversation. Later, while in the bar, the female bartender (who, bizarrely, was wearing a blue latex glove on one hand), apparently invited her boyfriend to sit at the bar and only waited on us in between sessions of sitting in his lap and making out with him. I realize that I should have learned my lesson with my first interraction back at the table, but I asked the bartender at one point if she were Russian, to which she angrily replied, "No! I am Polish!" I managed to soothe the situation slightly when I responded back in Polish, but I found the whole scenario odd and unprofessional. So, for the food, I would give 5 stars, but the lack of any friendliness or customer service from the staff lead me to subtract two stars. Note to management: Please hire people who want to work there! Dziekuje!
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